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MS Biostatistician Positions
University of Utah

Company Information: SDBC at the University of Utah:
We are a multidisciplinary group of biostatisticians, epidemiologists, psychometricians, health economists, survey design researchers, and systematic review experts engaged in a wide range of collaborations throughout the Health Science Center of the University of Utah. The SDBC serves as the Statistical Core within the Population Health Research Foundation of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Utah and provides a rich environment for methodological and applied biomedical research across the university. Focus areas of SDBC and Population Health Research faculty include the design of clinical trials and observational studies, longitudinal analysis, survival analysis, epidemiologic modeling, Bayesian analysis, modern causal inference, analysis of biomarkers, statistical genetics and genomics, computational statistics, health economics, methods for the design and conduct of systematic reviews, structural equations models, and qualitative research.

The University Utah is the state’s largest institution of higher education featuring an innovative research community which is number one in the nation at creating startup companies based on student and faculty research. As a preeminent research and teaching university with national and global reach, the University of Utah provides a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional growth in educational, research, and clinical environments.

The University is nestled in the Wasatch mountains overlooking Salt Lake City with breathtaking views and hiking trails directly adjoining the SDBC offices. Our city is famous for its wide range of outdoor activities including skiing (with 7 world class ski resorts and home of the 2002 Winter Olympics), hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hang gliding all within one hour. Eight national parks, over a dozen national monuments and recreation areas, and numerous national forests are within a half-day’s drive. At the same time, the Salt Lake City/Ogden metropolitan area is the state capital with 1.7 million people, and a major cultural hub of the intermountain west with year round urban activities. The University of Utah is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Title: 3 Open MS Biostatistician Positions

Duties and Responsibilities: Job Description:
Master’s level Biostatistician in the Study Design and Biostatistics Center (SDBC) at the University of Utah.

The Study Design and Biostatistics Center (SDBC) at the University of Utah is seeking a MS level biostatistician to play a leadership role in collaborations with clinical and translational investigators. The successful candidate will work effectively in a multidisciplinary group setting in areas of design of data collection instruments, study design, statistical programming, analysis of data, statistical graphics and writing of reports which include explanations of the statistical methods used and interpretation of results. The duties of the position require the ability to work with clinical investigators to clarify study objectives, develop appropriate study designs, carry out sample size calculations, and to write statistical analysis plans. Requirements include skills in data analysis, interest in new statistical methods, and mastery of at least one statistical programming language.

We currently have three MS level biostatistician openings available in the areas of:

Position # 1) Health Services Research with a Focus on Comparative Effectiveness Research Questions in Surgery. Experience in analyzing patient outcomes and national surgery-related data sets such as NSQIP, SEER, NIS and statewide administrative databases available through HCUP; and experience with propensity score and instrumental variable analysis is desirable

Position # 2) Congenital Heart Disease and/or Pediatric Acquired Heart Disease. Experience working with administrative datasets and/or multicenter registries (e.g., medical billing datasets, state vital records and datasets from clinical registries (including Centripitus, IMPACT) is desired.

Position # 3) Cancer Biostatistics at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute. Experience working with administrative datasets including medical billing datasets and experience with the analysis of population-level, “omics” data and genetic epidemiological study designs is desirable. Familiarity/experience with data cleaning, database preparation and management using SQL or Proc SQL in SAS is a plus.

Position Qualifications: Educational Requirements:
Candidates MUST have a master’s degree in statistics, biostatistics or related field (epidemiology, applied mathematics, public health and computer science).

Minimum Skills/Knowledge Requirements:
Each of the three positions has the following skills and knowledge requirements:
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to document methods and results through preparation of reports, and to write statistical methods sections of manuscripts grant applications
– Solid knowledge of statistical methods including multiple regression, longitudinal data analysis, categorical data analysis and survival analysis
– Demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following statistical programming languages: (SAS, R, or STATA)
– Interest in learning new statistical methods
– Strong organization skills and the ability to handle demanding workload and balance multiple tasks.
– Ability to develop statistical analysis plans to achieve study objectives
– Highly motivated and ability to work in an interdisciplinary group setting
Preferred Skills/Knowledge:
– At least 3 years of experience in a statistical consulting role
– Prior experience in a biomedical research
– Familiarity with VA informatics and Computing Infrastructure (VINCI)
– Programming Experience using SQL
– Experience in the analysis of large administrative data sets

Salary Range: $48-79k, commensurate with experience (+ 14.2% annual contribution to 401(a) ~ $55-90k)

Benefits: Competitive benefits package.


Application Information: Apply at the link provided.

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Application Deadline: 08/01/2017